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Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by PhlyinPheBee, Aug 16, 2010.
I have 3 diamond doves and was thinking about adding a parakeet. Any thought??
I would not put a parakeet in with them.First of all,the parakeet has different food requirements.The parakeet will most likely pick on the doves.
How big is the cage?They do eat the same seeds.Yes,parakeets can be aggressive.
I'v never had Parakeets & D. Doves, in the same cage before, but have had RN. Doves, Parakeets, C. Quail, Cockatiels, Helmet Pigeons & a English Angora Rabbit all in the same flight before &...Parakeets ruled the roost.
If you have very tame keets or are keeping 4+ D. Doves per keet, go for it, it's worth a try, just make sure the cage is plenty big & that you have more then one feeding & watering bowls set up (& atleast 2 nests). I would have another cage on stand by just in case. Even though Cockatiel are bigger then Parakeet they tend to be tamer.
Try to get handfed &/or young keets. The younger & tamer the better the chances of it working out (english budgies sell better & for more & are said to be tamer) I'd sit by the cage for an hour or 2 after adding the new keets, so you can step in if it dosen't work out before the Doves get hurt. Also make sure they are not growing in new feathers when you add in the new birds, last thing any of us want to see is a blood feather get bit/pulled out...or worse.
Edit to add:
They do eat the same seed, although the Doves do enjoy split peas & black oil sunflower seeds as well, but they can be healthy & happy eating the same food.
~ Della ~
Not a good idea. The doves will likely end up dead.
I've done it, they were fine
My dad used to raise parakeets in an aviary type cage. He put in some button quail to help clean up the feed that fell on the floor. The next day they were all dead with the faces eaten off. That's why I would never put hookbills with other birds. I don't trust them. If any of them get territorial and peck at the doves, those beaks will do a lot more damage to the doves than the doves' beaks will do to them.
I don't recommend putting Diamond Doves and parakeets together in the same cage. My parakeet scalped two of my diamond doves then when we put him in the cage with another parakeet, he scalped her too. She died as well.
I mix bird aaaalllllllll the time. I have developed a so far fool proof way to MAKE them coexist
Step #1. Have absolutely NOTHING to do ALL DAY LONG
Step #2. Mix birds
Step #3. Sit and watch birds, if any fighting starts, either hit the cage, make a loud noise, poke attacker bird with a stick (distract bird)
Step #4. Sit there ALL day, and repeat step 3 if fighting happens
If they have been fine for like 2 hours, I usually leave for like 15 mins.
DO NOT LEAVE AT ALL IF THE BIRDS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING WITH IN THE LAST HOUR ! . . .. . . .
Quote:This will traumatize the birds, and teach them to fear you. This will not prevent a hookbilled bird from damaging a dove. You hit AFTER the fact- how is that preventing injury?
This is not sound advice.
Doves and quail should not be housed with 'keets or cockatiels. It doesnt take much for those type of beaks to do significant damage.
Just because some people have not had a problem, that is an exception- not the normal.